X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto defends latest performance after it was branded 'offensive'


Saara Aalto has defended her latest X Factor 2016 performance following controversy.

On Saturday night the singer became the latest X Factor contestant to be accused of so-called 'cultural appropriation'.

The singer gave another trademark wacky performance on Saturday evening, singing Girls Aloud's Sound Of The Underground.

But the styling of the performance left many 'sensitive' viewers outraged.

"Is it just me or is Saaras outfit on X factor a bit racist or like maybe just a bit of cultural appropriation ..?" one wrote on Twitter.

"Ooooo the cultural appropriation is not ok saara, I love you but no no no no no no #xfactor," another wrote.

And a third commented: "Despicable cultural appropriation from Saara 🙁 #thatsracist #xfactor"

Speaking about her performance on Good Morning Britain today, Saara said: "I loved it because I loved Japanese culture. We had a party in Tokyo in that song."

She added: "I loved it, I've waited my whole life to do something like that and yes, maybe I should strip it down but next week is Disco Week."

On Sunday Saara was in the sing off for a third time but was again saved by the judges.

"It's not getting any easier because the further you get in the competition the more you want to stay," she said.

The Finnish performer added: "I think the judges are believing in me so it means so much to me. I really want to show them why I want to be here.

"We all know it's a tough competition."

The X Factor 2016 is back next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8PM with Disco week.

As well as new performances from the final seven acts, there will be guest appearances from Olly Murs and Nathan Sykes.

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